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News Morocco’s water demand to reach 16.7 billion cubic meters in 2030

Water demand in Morocco will reach 16.7 billion cubic meters in 2030, compared to 13.7 billion presently, said delegate minister for water, Charafat Afailal, noting that this will pose difficulties in terms of water resources mobilization and preservation.

The official, who was speaking during a conference on “women and scientific research”, held in the northern city of Tetouan, recalled that Morocco experienced over the last 35 years over twenty drought periods with rainwater deficits exceeding 40pc and a shortage of 60pc of surface waters.

She went on that despite the state efforts, water resources were poorly developed in the last decades with efficiency rates of distribution networks hardly reaching 70 pc for drinking water and 60 pc for irrigation water.

The minister also cited water resources pollution, noting that 640 million cubic meters of used water are annually disposed of in nature and only 25pc are treated, in addition to pollution caused by pesticides and industrial activities, soil erosion and dams silting which entail the loss of 70 million cubic meters a year.

Better water management will spare every year 2.4 billion cubic meters, adopt micro-irrigation in 50,000 hectares and save 120 million cubic meters of drinking water, said the minister.

The news in Arabic: http://hibapress.com/details-17279.html

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File link http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2014/03/124731/moroccos-water-demand-to-reach-16-7-billion-cubic-meters-in-2030-minster/
Source of information Morocco World News via MAP
Keyword(s) water demand, drought, rainwater deficit, pesticides, irrigation, scientific research
Subject(s) AGRICULTURE , FINANCE-ECONOMY , HYDRAULICS - HYDROLOGY , INDUSTRY , INFRASTRUCTURES , NATURAL MEDIUM , POLICY-WATER POLICY AND WATER MANAGEMENT , PREVENTION AND NUISANCES POLLUTION , RISKS AND CLIMATOLOGY , WATER DEMAND
Relation http://www.emwis.org/countries/fol749974/country154256
Geographical coverage Morocco,
News date 10/03/2014
Working language(s) ENGLISH
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